Monday, September 7, 2015

Rachmaninoff remains in Valhalla

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s great-great-granddaughter, Susan Sophia Rachmaninoff Volkonskaya Wanamaker, rebuffs Russian demands that the composer-pianist’s remains be disinterred from his grave in Valhalla, NY, and returned to Russia, which he fled following the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

“After fleeing from one country to the next in life, as he did, is it too much to ask that he be allowed to rest in peace with his family? I don’t think so,” Wanamaker tells The New York Times’ James Barron: